The chemical company BASF says the basic type of battery used now in hybrids could be improved tenfold, leading to cheaper electric cars.
Take 20 scandium atoms, 60 carbon atoms, arrange in a volleyball-shape and, voila!
We need crops that can adapt to a less predictable environment.
Advanced genetic tools could help boost crop yields and feed billions more people.
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A Caltech scientist creates tiny lattices with enormous potential.
Availability: 3-5 years
A new way to produce metals could have wide-ranging effects.
Advanced manufacturing technologies are leading to smaller jet engines.
The quickest way to solve a maze exploits both quantum and classical processes, say physicists who have demonstrated the effect for the first time.
A startup called SolidEnergy has developed a kind of lithium-ion battery that stores far more energy.
An exotic form of silicon, called silicene, could enable a new generation of faster computers.